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Winning the Gentleman by Kristi Ann Hunter April 26, 2021

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Aaron Whitworth hasn’t had control over most aspects of his life, but he’s always taken pride in being an honorable businessman and better-than-average horseman. When both of those claims are threatened, he makes the desperate decision to hire the horse trainer of a traveling circus as a temporary jockey for his racehorses.

Sophia Fitzroy knows that most horsemen don’t take her seriously because she’s a woman, but she can’t pass up the opportunity to get away from the tumultuous world of travel and performing. As she fights for the right to do the work she was hired for, she learns the fight for Aaron’s guarded heart might be an even worthier challenge.

As secrets come to light, will Aaron and Sophia’s past vulnerabilities be an insurmountable stumbling block, or will they sacrifice their former dreams and forge a new one together?

My thoughts:

Another great book by Kristi. I love how she brings in characters from her previous series as well and they are such wonderful and supportive of Aaron.

Aaron is hard nut to crack but that makes the softness you see in him even more surprising and sweet.

Sophia is a strong character and I love her spirit and spunk.

If you love historical romance I am sure you will enjoy this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

 

Vying for the Viscount by Kristi Ann Hunter August 17, 2020

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For Hudson, the newly titled Viscount Stildon, moving to England from India where he was born and raised was already an arduous enough endeavor. When he learns the fate of the racing empire he inherited along with his title depends upon him getting in the good graces of another stable owner, he’s even more at a loss.

The stable at the neighboring estate has been Miss Bianca Snowley’s refuge for years, and when a strange man appears to be stealing the horses, she jumps to their protection without a second thought. Upon learning Hudson is actually the new owner, she can’t help but be intrigued by the area’s newest eligible bachelor.

Any thought of romance is quickly set aside, however, when Hudson proposes they work together to secure suitable spouses for each other. As their friendship grows, Hudson and Bianca begin to reconsider what they truly want in life. But will societal expectations and the weight of their responsibilities keep them from pursuing their true desires?

My thoughts:

I am a Kristi Ann Hunter fan. I always enjoy her books and was excited to dive into this new series.

This one took me awhile to get into but I kept pressing on because I knew Kristi wouldn’t let me down and she didn’t. About half way through I was hooked.

Our two main characters drove me a bit crazy, why couldn’t Hudson just see that Bianca was the woman he should be with, even if she didn’t have horses to add to the marriage. But, of course, that is what made it so interesting. I couldn’t wait to see how it would all play out.

I will look forward to the next book in this series.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own. 

 

A Pursuit of Home by Kristi Ann Hunter October 31, 2019

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In early 1800s England, Jess Beauchene has spent most of her life in hiding and always on the move in an effort to leave her past far behind her. But when she learns the family she thought had died just might be alive and in danger, she knows her secrets can only stay buried for so long.

Derek Thornbury loves the past, which has led him to become an expert in history and artifacts. He knows Jess has never liked him, but when she requests his help deciphering the clues laid out in an old family diary, he can’t resist the urge to solve the puzzle.

As Jess and Derek race to find the hidden artifact before her family’s enemies, they learn as much about each other as they do about the past. But can their search to uncover the truth and set history right lead to a future together?

My thoughts:

Kristi Ann Hunter is one of my favorite historical romance authors.

This is the third book in this series so it was nice to finally get to know Jess and her back story, which is very interesting.

It did take me awhile to get into this book but things definitely started to heat about about twenty-five percent through. This wasn’t my favorite book I read by Kristi but I didn’t enjoy it nevertheless.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

A Return to Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter February 20, 2019

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Daphne Blakemoor was content living in her own secluded world for the last twelve years. She had everything she needed–loved ones, a true home, and time to indulge her imagination. But when ownership of the estate where she works as a housekeeper passes to a new marquis with an undeniable connection to her past, everything she’s come to rely upon is threatened.

William, Marquis of Chemsford’s main goal in life is to be the exact opposite of his father. Starting a new life in the peace and quiet of the country sounds perfect . . . until his housekeeper turns his life upside down.

Both Daphne and William have spent their lives hiding from the past. Can they find the courage to face their deepest wounds and, perhaps, forge a new path for the future together?

My thoughts:

Well, this book sure starts out with an interesting scene that will keep you turning pages to see what happens next.

William and Daphne don’t get off on a very good foot. Their first impression of each other is almost funny.

From there on out things are strained and strange between the two because they don’t know each other secrets.

I couldn’t wait to see how William would react when he found out how his home had been used before he came along.

Once again, Kristy hasn’t let her readers down. Another great book!

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The Christmas Heirloom October 22, 2018

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In Kristi Ann Hunter’s “Legacy of Love,” Sarah Gooding never suspected returning a brooch to an elderly woman would lead to a job . . . and introduce her to the woman’s grandson, a man far above her station.

In Karen Witemeyer’s “Gift of the Heart,” widow Ruth Albright uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from the local banker. But the more she comes to know the man behind the stern businessman, the more she hopes for a second chance at love.

In Sarah Loudin Thomas’s “A Shot at Love,” Fleeta Brady’s rough-and-tumble childhood means she prefers hunting to more feminine activities. She never expected her family’s brooch might be how a fellow hunter turns her attention from competition to romance.

In Becky Wade’s “Because of You,” Maddie Winslow has spent years in love with a man whose heart was already spoken for. When a church Christmas project brings them together and she stumbles upon an old family brooch, might it finally be her turn for love?

My thoughts:

This is by far one of the best collections I have ever read. But look at the authors, how could you go wrong?

I am a fan of each of these authors and none of them disappointed me in these novellas. Each story was unique and drew me in. I loved the connection running throughout each story and some characters that popped up from their previous novels. I had a moment of, “Wait, what? I know that character.” How fun.

If you are looking for some good Christmas romances you won’t go wrong this collection.

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Review and Giveaway: A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter August 23, 2018

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When Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she’s forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend’s missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she’s telling.

After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could have been different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can’t matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and to raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. But as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, the risk of revealing the truth may come at too high a price for those she loves.

Kristi Ann Hunter is the author of the Hawthorne House series and a 2016 RITA Award winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at http://www.kristiannhunter.com.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I adored Kristi’s previous series, I seriously loved every book. So what could she do now?

Well she did it. She has written another wonderful series. Of course this is only the first book but I loved it. It has a very unique story line, not what I was expecting at all. It kept me fully engaged.

This book as about learning to trust God, having faith. Kit struggles with this, for good reason.

There is some really powerful dialogue in this book. I wish I could remember exactly, but I remember reading something Graham said and was like, yeah, that’s truth right there.

I can’t wait to see where the series goes.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter February 25, 2017

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Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn’t be happier he is not the duke in the family. Free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead, he has grand plans of someday wooing and falling in love with the woman of his choice. When he finds himself honor bound to marry a woman he barely knows, his dream of a loving marriage like his parents’ seems lost forever.

Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier when she hid in her older sister’s shadow–which worked until her sister got married. But even with her socially ambitious mother’s focus entirely on her, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience before she’s been introduced to society.

With nothing going as expected, can Trent and Adelaide’s marriage of obligation survive their own missteps and the pressures of London society to grow into a true meeting of hearts and minds?

My thoughts and giveaway:

Kristi is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. She is extremely talented and knows how to write a story that will capture your heart and mind.

I have read the first two books in this series and loved them both. It was wonderful to get into Trent’s life since he was present in the other books but we didn’t really get to know him.

This book starts with Adelaide and Trent’s wedding day. The distance between them is real and you can feel that. They really don’t know who to handle this new situation and what the rules are.

I read some other reviews that complained about the role of sex on this book. But they are a married couple, sex should play a role in a healthy married. Nothing was inappropriate and overly described. It was a real struggle they both had as they figured out this marriage thing.

Kristi developed each character and the growing relationship wonderfully. Even though this is a series I think you could easily read this as a stand-alone, but the first two are outstanding so why would you??

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A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter February 6, 2017

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Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother’s old school friend, a duke–with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she’s heard stories about but never met. Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marlow, her brother’s new valet, and although she may wish to break free of the strictures that bind her, falling in love with a servant is more of a rebellion than she planned.

When Marlow accidentally discovers and mails one of the letters to her unwitting confidant, Miranda is beyond mortified. And even more shocked when the duke returns her note with one of his own that initiates a courtship-by-mail. Insecurity about her lack of suitors shifts into confusion at her growing feelings for two men–one she’s never met but whose words deeply resonate with her heart, and one she has come to depend on but whose behavior is more and more suspicious. When it becomes apparent state secrets are at risk and Marlow is right in the thick of the conflict, one thing is certain: Miranda’s heart is far from all that’s at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.

My thoughts:

Love! Yes, I loved this book.

I started reading this series with the 2nd book and had to go back and read the first. There is some overlapping and it was so interesting to read this first one knowing what would happen in the second.

Miranda’s struggle with her heart held me captive. I couldn’t wait for her to discover the truth but I was also worried about her reaction, maybe she wouldn’t be happy when she discovered what was really going on.

I adored Marlow, a hero in every way.

Kristi is wonderful author who has written a fabulous series. I can’t wait to read the third (soon).

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Review and Giveaway: An Elegant Façade by Kristi Ann Hunter August 11, 2016

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Lady Georgina Hawthorne has always known she must marry well. After years of tirelessly planning every detail of her debut season, she is poised to be a smashing success and have her choice of eligible gentlemen.

With money and powerful business connections but no title, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. He intends to marry someday, but when he does it will not be to a shallow woman like Lady Georgina, whose only concerns appear to be status and appearance.

But beneath her flawless exterior, Georgina’s social aspirations stem from a shameful secret she is desperately trying to keep hidden–and that Colin is too close to discovering. Drawn to each other despite their mutual intent to avoid association, is the realization of their dreams worth the sacrifices they’ll be forced to make?

My thoughts and giveaway:

Wow. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book. I didn’t read the first book in the series, but I can safely say you can read this one and fully enjoy it without reading the first. However, reading this has now put A Noble Masquerade on my list to read very soon.

Apparently, the first half of this book is stuff that happened in the first book but from Georgina’s perspective. I’ll be honest, at first I wasn’t a big fan of Georgina, she was so calculating and fake. But the truth is she is like most of us. Covering up her wounds so others won’t see them.

There was a such a deep spiritual message hidden within this book. What I took away was the beauty in being fully known. Sharing our hurts with others and allowing them to love us through the pain.

There is a great Genesis 5020 message, which of course I loved.

Obviously, I came to love Georgina and relate to her very well, as I see now I have acted the same way she has, I tried to cover up my shame and craft this wall around me that could never keep me safe. I also appreciated how Kristi showed Georgina’s growing relationship with the Lord.

Colin, I adored. What a great hero. So strong and ready to protect Georgina even when she didn’t know she needed it.

There aren’t too many books that make me want to cry, but let me tell you, if my husband wasn’t sitting next to me as I finished this book I would have been bawling. It was so beautiful and perfect. I can’t recommend this one enough.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.